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Cut and run make a speedy or sudden departure from an awkward or hazardous situation rather than confront it or deal with it. Originally (in the early 18th century) a nautical phrase, meaning ‘sever the anchor cable because of some emergency and make sail immediately’.

the cut of someone's jib the appearance or look of someone. Originally a nautical expression suggested by the prominence and characteristic form of the jib (a triangular sail set forward of the foremast) as the identifying characteristic of a ship. Used in this metaphorical sense since the early 19th century.

cut the mustard chiefly in North America, succeed; come up to expectations, meet requirements; mustard means the real thing, the genuine article.

cut to the chase come to the point (North American usage). Cut here is in the sense ‘move to another part of the film’, expressing the notion of ignoring any preliminaries and coming immediately to the most important part.

cut your coat according to your cloth actions taken should suit one's circumstances or resources; saying recorded from the mid 16th century.

don't cut off your nose to spite your face warning against spiteful revenge which is likely to result in your own hurt or loss. Recorded in English from the mid 16th century, but a related medieval Latin saying has, ‘he who cuts off his nose takes poor revenge for a shame inflicted on him,’ and a French saying of the mid 14th century runs, ‘the man who cuts off his nose spites his face.’

Subjects: Maritime History.

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